Leo is a very frugal shopper in that he buys only what he absolutely needs and nothing more.2. Relating to someone or an organization that is economical in use or expenditure of funds; prudently saving or sparing; not wasteful or not excessive, in the use of something: James and his family used clothing, towels, and other items in their home in a frugal manner.
There are some people who, because of circumstances beyond their control, are forced to use what they have available in a frugal way in order to conserve their limited resources.
Some people are financially forced to live more frugal lives whether they want to or not.3. Etymology: from Middle French (written and spoken c. 1400-c.1600) frugal, from Latin frugalis, frugi, "economical, useful, proper"; originally from frux, fruges, "fruit, profit, value"; related to fructus, "fruit".
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Sense evolved in Latin from "useful" to "profitable" to "economical".